by Mark Reagan
This photo is from the nonprofit Monarch Watch's Facebook page. The photo was taken by Jim Lovett.
Monarch butterflies arrived in the Hill Country this weekend.
The butterflies are migrating to Mexico to escape the cold barren north (joking about the barren part).
Monika Maeckle, who runs a blog about the monarchs, posted about her weekend trip tagging monarch butterflies on the Llano River. She explained how weekend storms and wind briefly halted the migration.
"Our team from Austin and San Antonio recorded more than 300 of the stymied migrants as peak migration kicked into gear right on schedule for the Texas Funnel," she wrote.
The Texas Funnel is one of two migratory routes the monarchs travel. Monarchs west of the Continental Divide prefer Southern California to Mexico because of the obvious mountainous obstacle the butterflies would have to cross.
Head over to Texasbutterflyranch.com to get the full story. For an easy place to find monarchs in San Antonio, head over to the Botanical Gardens where the king of butterflies is sure to take a rest while heading south to Mexico.
Because of new threats the monarchs face, populations have declined. You can read more about that here.